[Advaita-l] mleccha-s not eligible to take Hinduism??

Kathirasan K brahmasatyam at gmail.com
Wed Jun 27 02:50:46 CDT 2012

Namaste Jaldhar,

I am not sure if the Victorian prudes did it. But I am sure the Bhagavatam
extols Rama for being a ekapatnivrata and that he had set a role model for
all common folk. (please see Bhagavatam 9.10)

A traditionalist is a sampradayavit or a shrotriya in my opinion and he can
be either an evolutionary or a conservative, at times even a hybrid based
on the value he has on different matters.

On 27 June 2012 15:16, Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com> wrote:

> On Wed, 27 Jun 2012, Kathirasan K wrote:
>  While I do not disagree with your distinction between traditionalists and
>> the reformists, I beg to differ in the choice of words used based on the
>> characteristics you have mentioned for each of them. I would say that
> the
>> traditionalists you are talking are more the 'conservatives' while the
>> reformists are 'evolutionaries'.
> Those are rather tendentious definitions.  For instance I prefer to use
> the power of computers and the Internet for the propogation of Dharma
> rather than palm leaf manuscripts.  doesn't that make me a conservative
> evolutionary?  Rather I would say a traditionalist avoids change when he
> can but if must change insists that it is in a way that doesn't do violence
> to the ways of the past.  A reformist is one who wants to make dharma into
> something else (however "something else" is defined.)
>  I personally resonate with the evolutionaries who are endowed with the
>> 'sukshma buddhi' to bring about a change in the social fabric of the
>> vaidikas or Hindus. I would illustrate the evolution of Hinduism from
>> allowing a polygamous marriage to a monogamous one as also part of the
>> evolution I am talking about.
> This is a case in point.  The drive against polygamy was the obsession of
> Victorian prudes who wanted to look good for their colonial masters not
> some internal sea change in Hindu dharma.  The current laws have driven the
> practice underground but there are many Hindu polygamists out there, the
> same types who were polygamists centuries ago.  In fact I know of a
> Gujarati Rajput man in America who has two wives.
> -

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